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Round Table Tuesday – 10/7

We had another great round table this  Tuesday, where we had Sexual Assault Services  (SAS) come and talk with us about the Red Flag Campaign, and the services that are provided throughout the college.

People had some great questions about consent, and raised some great points about how culturally there is a great impact on how we interact with one another sexually. There was a lot of focus on how “no” is not usually the stopping point, but the beginning of a negotiation, and how problematic that becomes, especially when people get worn down, and feel as though there is no other option.

All of these questions and topics were answered and further clarified by the wonderful people who came to visit from SAS. They did a great job of hosting our round table, and I know I walked away with more knowledge under my belt.

SAS  Information Table
SAS Information Table

One of the biggest things I took away from this round table, is how fortunate we all are to have the support network  created by SAS.  Most institutions do not go to the lengths that these folks do in order to ensure that people get the help they need.

So here are some of  things  these amazing people do:

  • Provide support whether you are in a situation yourself, or trying to be there for family or friends who are in abusive relationships, sexual assaults, stalking
  • Anonymous reporting
  • All services are confidential
  • Always on call ( cell #, so you can text as well)
  • College -Wide
  • They can meet off-campus
  • They will go to appointments, court, exams, etc.

They provide support when people need it the most, and are helping to ensure that survivors are aware of all of their options.  We are quite fortunate to have this level of involvement, and people who invest so much time to make sure that survivors get help, and know that they are not alone.

SAS is under the NOVA Cares services here at  NOVA.  Here is there email: nova.sas@nvcc.edu and phone: 703-338-0834

Keep your calendars open for October 21 to join SAS for the  Clothesline Project

Tuesday Round Table 10/8

We had a great discussion in  the Round Table, where we talked about stalking and domestic violence, and who the proper people are to go to on campus.

Both NOVA Cares and NOVA Sexual Assault Services came to speak with us;  these are the people to go see when you are in these kinds of situations or know someone else who is caught up in this kind of situation.  The ladies who are working with these programs are quite dedicated and will do everything in their power to help.

First I want to highlight NOVA Cares; I realize that their title is rather self explanatory, but it is still helpful to go over exactly what it is that they provide.

NOVA Cares is essentially a service that allows for the reporting of behavior that causes you concern. They listen to your concerns and do their best to identify the proper course of action. This service does its best to protect your identity, and there are ways to report anonymously.

NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) is another amazing service that is offered. The lady who works for this program is  pretty awesome. I have run into her work with other Sexual Assault Programs, and the level of dedication is outstanding.  Their pamphlet states their mission as:

“SAS”s mission is to provide educational outreach and free confidential support and services to any member of the NOVA family. We assist students as well as faculty, staff, and immediate family members, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.”

They too help connect you with other resources that might prove to be more helpful, depending on your situation.

The important thing to take from this is that these people are here to help, and while it may be scary, and definitely difficult know that these resources are available.

I would also like to thank the people who stopped by and joined us for the round table; your commentary and questions always add to the conversation, and in some ways helped clarify the fine lines that can often pop up.

Their Sites:

NOVA Cares:  http://www.nvcc.edu/current-students/novacares/index.html

SAS: http://www.nvcc.edu/current-students/police/college-safety/sexual-assault/